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Author: Max Lucado
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 02/01/2015
Synopsis from Goodreads: What if you could ask God anything? What would you ask? And how would He answer?
Chelsea Chambers is on her own. After a public split from her NFL superstar husband, Chelsea takes a bold step out of the limelight and behind the counter of the Higher Grounds Cafe, an old-fashioned coffee shop in dire need of reinvention. But when her courage, expert planning, and out-of-this-world cupcakes fail to pay the bills, this newly single mom finds herself desperate for help. Better yet, a miracle.
Then a curious stranger lands at Chelsea’s door, and with him, an even more curious string of events. Soon, customers are flocking to the Higher Grounds Cafe, and not just for the cupcakes and cappuccino. They’ve come for the internet connection to the divine. Now the cafe has become the go-to place for people in search of answers to life’s biggest questions.
When a catastrophe strikes and her ex comes calling, Chelsea begins to wonder if the whole universe is conspiring against her quest to make it on her own. After a shocking discovery opens her eyes to the unseen world around her, Chelsea finds the courage to ask God a question of her own. Heaven answers in a most unexpected way.
I haven’t read a Christian fiction book for quite a while now— as you can probably tell from my review archives. But something about Miracle at the Higher Grounds Café just seemed to say “read me.” I’m glad I did.
Miracle at the Higher Grounds Café is a short read—just a couple of hours—but that’s more than enough time to read and absorb the story. I’ll admit, I’m not used to Max Lucado writing fiction books. All of his previous works that I’ve read have been non-fiction books, usually meant to help strengthen churches or church members. But I think a good fiction book can do that as well as a non-fiction book can, and in the case of Miracle at the Higher Grounds Café this is very true.
You see the miracle and wonder of God’s love working in multiple places—something you don’t often see in Christian fiction. Most Christian fiction books I’ve read have a ton of believers and just one non-believer who needs to come to God. But in Miracle at the Higher Grounds Café, there are multiple people who need to bring themselves before God and it makes this a much better book for it.
I loved the book. It was well written and so easy to fall into the story. I was actually sorry to see it end and in all honesty would love to see a sequel—maybe detailing the lives of the kids. I highly recommend this book for anyone looking for a light, easy read.
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